The New Mortal Kombat Movie Might Just Be A Good Mortal Kombat Movie

Sure hope nothing bad happens to Jax’s perfectly normal human arms.
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In the first 30 seconds of the first trailer for April’s Mortal Kombat movie reboot, Mehcad Brooks’ Jax loses both his arms to the icy grip of Joe Taslim’s Sub-Zero. Then things get violent.

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In theaters and on HBO Max on April 16, the new Mortal Kombat movie looks to be using every iota of its R rating to deliver the over-the-top violence fans of the fighting game series have come to know and love. This two-and-a-half minute trailer features more blood and gore than the first two ‘90s films combined. Remember Mortal Kombat Annihilation, where Jax had those stupid plushie-looking bionic sleeves? That’s not happening in the new movie. Right off the bat we’ve got bloody stumps, followed by the reveal of some nifty Terminator-esque replacements.

Here’s the full trailer. You might have to click through to YouTube to watch it.

The new film, written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, follows a new character named Cole, a washed-up martial artist who discovers that the Mortal Kombat logo birthmark on his chest is actually an invitation to a tournament Earthrealm keeps losing. Hunted by Sub-Zero, Cole winds up in the care of the legendary heroes of Earthrealm. Maybe this time they can actually win.

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You know, Cole. Good old Cole.
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Liu Kang. Raiden. Sonya Blade. Kung Lao. Kano. Sub-Zero. Scorpion. Jax. Shang Tsung. Mileena. The gang is all here, ready to heroically (or villanously) murder people for the fate of the universe. Anyone here a fan of justified violence? The trailer features an extended sequence of Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo “Scorpion” Hasashi, assumedly taking out his grief over the murder of his family on unfortunate members of Sub-Zero’s Lin Kuei clan.

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I could watch Hanzo murder ice ninjas all day long.
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The new movie is not afraid to give Kano a ridiculous eye laser. Kano needs his ridiculous eye laser. It’s important.

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Fun fact: All Australians have eye lasers. It’s to defend against the spiders.
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You want nightmares? Check out Sisi Stringer’s Mileena. She’s got teeth for miles.

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I am not turned on by this whatsoever, nope.
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This is a movie with fatalities, no matter how little sense they make in real life. How does Ludi Lin’s Liu Kang create a massive animated dragon out of fire? It does not matter. He just does it.

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What, you can’t harness the power of your chi to create a fire dragon? Amateur.
What, you can’t harness the power of your chi to create a fire dragon? Amateur.
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I cannot say that this film is going to be a masterpiece of video game cinema, but I can say this is a film I will watch and hopefully enjoy. Most of my enthusiasm stems from the battle between Sub-Zero and Scorpion toward the end of the trailer.

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Yes.
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Turning the blood splatter into an ice dagger? Perfection. What do you folks think?

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DISCUSSION

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but does anyone else find it off that this movie has created this new, generic, white chosen one to be the main protagonist over Liu Kang, who in the previous two MK movies was the main protagonist? I’m no MK expert but this seems weird to just create a new character out of whole cloth to replace the franchises’ asian protagonist.

EDIT: I’ve been informed that Lewis Tan is half asian but his character is still generic and it’s still weird that he’s framed as the main protagonist over someone like Liu Kang.